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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Central L.A
Mexican
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 82
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    Very good
  • 33
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  • 11
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great!

Amazing mexican food in LA!!! I drink a Very good margaritas on The rocks with live performance of mexican music. I can't live to LA without go to this restourant

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Domenico T
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Texas
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Oh my-what a menu and the best margaritas too! I loved the menu with descriptions of when the item was added. I opted for a vintage Chicken Quesadilla- and was delighted. So delighted that I enjoyed a margarita....and then another!

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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Going to El Cholo is a treat for me, since I don't live close to one. My favorite dish to order is the green corn tamale plate with black beans instead of retried beans. Two tamales come on the plate and I either share with my husband (and share a tostada as well) or take one home for another meal.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Amazing mexican food in LA!!! I drink a Very good margaritas on The rocks with live performance of mexican music. I can't live to LA without go to this restourant

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

OK, it's as if Disney had been called in to design a Mexican restaurant, but the service and food are very good, and it is reasonably priced. Visited with a friend early evening mid-week. It's a big restaurant, but already reasonably busy so booking may be advisable. There are complimentary chips and salsa, the margaritas are good, and food is... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was pleased to have found this very tasty place to eat in the middle of Korea Town. The wait staff were especially hospitable. They were very concerned that my needs were taken care of and that I didn't need anything else. I enjoyed this Mexican food, including the chips and salsa included with the meal.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

So my mom kept wanting to take us to this place, because she likes the food and it's piece of history here in the Los Angeles area. My husband and 3 kids and I really love Mexican food, so we were excited to go. The restaurant itself was easy to find, and had neat photos all over the place, and... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

El Cholo has been around since 1923! The one we went to was on Western Ave., in Los Angeles. The margarita was very good, very fresh tasting. The chips and salsa were very good, warm, salty, just like they were just made, which they probably were. I had the shrimp fajitas. There was a ton of shrimp and the vegetables... More 

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Fanwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel's concierge. I went with a bunch of colleagues. We all liked our table which was in the back room. Our food was delicious! And the signature guacamole was to die for. And the drinks were generous and awesome. Service was great, too! Highly recommended!

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Upland, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Observed the clientele and see why the reviews are so good, sadly they would not know real or authentic Mexican food😔 Don't get me wrong, the food is ok and edible however the infamous restaurant disappoints me yet again and the margarita's are not worth the $$$ not even a tingle after 3 margaritas😔😔 The service was good though😃

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This long-time establishment is still going strong after so many years. The atmosphere is still there and the food is consistent. There is plenty of Valet parking as well as on the street. I ordered chili rellanos expecting an traditional chili stuffed with cheese. Instead, I got a round cheese patty with some chili chopped into it...not what I expected.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups

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